Skip to main content

About me


Representing business clients ranging from start-ups to public companies, I especially enjoy helping clients raise capital from investors and communicate with shareholders. My legal practice has also focused on negotiating mergers, acquisitions and sales of public and private businesses. 


As a corporate/securities attorney, I register public company securities with the SEC and prepare public company periodic reports, including proxy statements, quarterly and annual reports, and other shareholder communications. I also handle regulatory compliance and corporate governance matters, including entity formation for corporations and limited liability companies, and advise clients with regard to shareholder, officer and board fiduciary duties.


A business lawyer with a business background prior to practicing law, I previously owned and operated a consulting practice providing inventory management services to domestic and international clients.  I also have a background in restaurant management and agriculture production. A native of the Inland Northwest, I lived and worked in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Copenhagen, Denmark before returning to Spokane to begin my law practice and raise my family.




Practice areas


  1. Securities Offerings: 40%
  2. Banking: 20%
  3. M & A: 20%
  4. Corporate: 20%



Hourly ($290-300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Taudd Alexander Hume

    I have known Rick professionally for a number of years and have found him to be thorough, thoughtful and courteous in all that he undertakes.


    Taudd Hume Land use and zoning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • No photo

    I had a very positive experience working with Rick in connection with a securities offering. I found Rick to be thorough, highly responsive and easy to work with. He demonstrated great knowledge of applicable securities laws and an ability to think creatively and find practical solutions.


    Matthew Topham Financial markets and services Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Witherspoon Kelley

422 W Riverside Ave., Ste. 1100
Spokane, WA, 99201-0302


IDAuthorized to practice law200207/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
20 Under 40 "Rising Star"Spokane Business Catalyst2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalWitherspoon Kelley2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Spokane Angel AllianceBoard of Directors, Past-Chair2011 - Present
Spokane ClubBoard of Trustees, Past-Chair2010 - Present
United States District Court, IdahoMember2001 - Present
Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador NetworkRegional Committee Chair2001 - Present
Habitat for Humanity SpokaneBoard of Directors, Past-Chair2010 - 2016
Spokane Society of Young ProfessionalsBoard of Directors2005 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sterling Financial Corporation / Klamath First Bancorp, Inc.Acquisition completed.
Sterling Financial Corporation / Golf Savings BankAcquisition completed.
Sterling Financial Corporation / FirstBank Northwest.Acquisition completed.
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Witherspoon Kelley UpdateSEC Opens Door to Marketing Private Offerings2013
Idaho Law ReviewBiotech Pollution: Assessing Liability for Genetically Modified Crop Production and Genetic Drift2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Cornell UniversityHotel and Restaurant ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ignite Northwest AcceleratorSecurities Law Basics2015
Equity Crowdfunding SeminarEquity Crowdfunding2014
4th Annual Business Law Symposium/CLECurrent Trends in Private Placements2014
2014 Investment Capital ForumCommunicating with Investors2014
Attorney's Guide to AccountingCatching Red Flags and Identifying Fraud2013
3rd Annual Business Law SymposiumSay on Pay as a Shareholder Tool2013
2013 Investment Capital ForumCrowdfunding and General Solicitation after the Jobs Act2013
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act Symposium1934 Act Company Compliance2011
Internal Controls in WashingtonOverview of Sarbanes-Oxley Application to Legal and Reporting Requirements2005